At first glance, it appears Altuzarra’s muse was a prim and proper traditional housewife, complete with gingham dresses and skirt suits. But upon further review, she may have been a desperate housewife, full of sass and sex appeal. Pencil skirts with high centered slits, blouses unbuttoned dangerously low, and an uber sexy leather latticework bodycon dress that is sure to spark a fantasy or two. He balances well: sheer with opaque, solid with pattern, and skin with fabric. He ends his show with utterly romantic gowns that seem to float around the model like a misty fog. One thing Altuzarra does very well is celebrate the female form in a tasteful, sexy fashion; she wears the clothes, instead of the clothes wearing her.
Athletic inspired fashion has been trending for a few seasons now, but Alexander Wang took it to a whole new level this spring. Instead of completing a look with couture-ified tennis shoes, he turned the entire look into the tennis shoe. Inspired by Nike’s Flyknit sneakers that hug the foot, he designed knit bodycon dresses that wrapped the body, complete with bold patterns for added dimension. He manipulated fabrics to twist and turn around the curves of the female form, and layered fabrics to accentuate key areas. With black as the base, bright primary colors in graphic prints really popped. Performance materials, like mesh and scuba, were his main mediums. And his take on the predictable grey sweats is figure flattering and detailed to look anything but mundane. Completing the looks are mesh and knit shoes and rubber soled handbags. He finished the show with high-waisted tapered tear-away pants, reminiscent of warm-up pants, paired with short knit tops that are pretty but not performance enhancing!
Mara Hoffman is known for bold, graphic prints and patterns, but this year she wanted to keep things light. She stayed true to her geometric aesthetic, but in lighter tones and scales. The prints and patterns are so full of movement, especially in her traditional airy fabrics. The print of the bright sunset over the churning sea is almost hypnotic. She explores beading and embroidery in simple patterns of checkered squares, stripes, and circles on solid grounds. She keeps the colors bright and the silhouettes flowy and feminine. I’m already dreaming of my tropical vacation in these sweeping dresses.
*Photos courtesy of Style.com